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May 22, 2012 1:21:35 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Late July/early August

Budget Range: 1200-1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movie/TV show, everyday stuff.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Would like a blu ray player.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: In future

Monitor Resolution: Need a monitor.

Additional Comments: This will be my first time building a computer, so maybe something newbie friendly?

More about : 1500 gaming rig

a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 1:25:49 AM

Sure. What kind of games?

Are you an experienced gamer? Do you like flashy or conservative cases?
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May 22, 2012 1:32:15 AM

cpu: i7 3770
gpu: gtx 670
motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77
hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB
The total for this is $1,180 and it can handle any game on the market currently and probably for the next few years.
Everything else you would need would add up to $300-$400
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 1:39:49 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8DSv

here is 1400 dollar build. it is kind of newbie friendly as it has a modular power supply. you probably don't need the hyper 212 but i included it just because it is slightly quieter and will give better temps
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 1:49:05 AM

willze7 said:
cpu: i7 3770
gpu: gtx 670
motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77
hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB
The total for this is $1,180 and it can handle any game on the market currently and probably for the next few years.
Everything else you would need would add up to $300-$400



no need for an i7 save some money and go with an i5

for gaming it will be the same, you get i7 if you are really into something like video rendering/video editting

Asus maximus V is a micro MOBO, do not get it, it is for more of a small build with lots of things available to it.

go for a full ATX mobo it will have just as much as maximus at a lower price

don't go OCZ 3, go for the newer one OCZ 4, if you want reliability go for Cruical M4

Change HDD to Spinpoint f3 since you already got a SSD

blu ray http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you do not want overclocking do not buy a CPU that ends in a "k" to save money

something newb friendly? get a modular 600-700 PSU for easy cable management

mobo: ASrock extreme4 is a very good choice and can SLI in the future

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May 22, 2012 1:49:45 AM

Here are the lists of games I am interested in. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Torchlight 2, Anno 2070, Tribes: Ascend, Planetside 2, Legend of Grimrock, Dishonored, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, and Far Cry 3.

I am/was a pretty serious 360 player, but want to "convert: to pc gaming.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 1:56:20 AM

for those kinds of games you can max it pretty good with just a $1000 build

people tend to go more if they want to keep buying newer games

like i seen people go $2000 builds and they are still playing old games, its like a very big waste on them as they are saying
"oh i spent all my money on the computer so i'm just going to play my old games"
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May 22, 2012 1:58:24 AM

boulbox said:
for those kinds of games you can max it pretty good with just a $1000 build

people tend to go more if they want to keep buying newer games

like i seen people go $2000 builds and they are still playing old games, its like a very big waste on them as they are saying
"oh i spent all my money on the computer so i'm just going to play my old games"


But I do need a monitor and blu ray player though.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 2:03:52 AM
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 2:10:28 AM

Ah I missed the Blu-ray player, but that should give you a good idea when compared to the others.

If you are going to play Blu-rays, you also have to factor in the cost of software.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 2:10:39 AM
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 2:17:56 AM

Torne said:
Do I need a solid state drive?


you do not need it but it is a nice choice of having something like that in your case

boot times are faster responses are faster

i myself for a 1.5k build with a monitor would take a 1TB HDD like a nice quality one such as WD caviar black
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 2:19:08 AM

At that price range I would advise it. You don't "need" any of that of course :) 

An SSD will dramatically speed up boot times and level loads in games that are on that drive. It will also drastically speed up installation times when you are installing to that drive. it will not USUALLY improve frame rates, but may appear to improve some games that load content on the fly.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 3:10:40 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case along with links to professional reviews

http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Performance-comp... $93.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.guru3d.com/news/pc-power-and-cooling-silence... <----- review of that psu

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $309.98 save: $15.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <----- another look at that board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-SSDNow-120GB-Solid-KW-S2... $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive KW-S2120-4B

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1874/ <----- review of that Kingston 120GB SSD

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-12XReadable-DVD-Writable-... $73.70 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal 12XReadable and DVD-Writable Drive with Lightscribe SH-B123L/BSBP

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400
gtx 670

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $96.48 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-VS238H-P-23-Inch-LED-Monitor... $164.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Asus VS238H-P 23-Inch LED Monitor | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

Total: $1,498.59 *not including rebates
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May 22, 2012 3:24:03 AM

Best answer selected by Torne.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 3:29:59 AM

Don't miss those suggestions from Why_me, there's good ones in there :) 

Work over all of these lists and you'll end up with a very good system at a great price.
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